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Poster: SactownTom Date: Apr 5, 2007 7:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Killer Version of Loser by Dave Alvin

Mr. Tell--I have no insight for you (sorry). I just went through the Blasters discography and found nothing. I know of the performance at Farm Aid, but I don't know any details. Wikipedia shows Farm Aid on July 4 1986, but does not include the Blasters on the (apparantly partial) list of performers. The Blasters web site has no info for gigs on 4/4/86, but it does mention them playing the 2nd annual Farm Aid concert. It looks like The Boll Weevil song was written by Eddie Cochran (so that fits for the Blasters), and lyrics contain verses about the farmer and the boll weevil (so that fits for Farm Aid). It also appears that Dave had left the band in April 86, so no DA at Farm Aid.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 5, 2007 8:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Killer Version of Loser by Dave Alvin

Sac--thanks so much for the tremendous effort you put into this...For years I played that tape (should've, could've, would've made a BACKUP!?!), and the 3 mins was amazing energy, just literally blasted you away...now I fear it was my imagination, and if I found the song, would lament the reality as less than the memory, BUT willing to risk it!

Have looked far and wide for compilations of that show (the DEAD played too, that is why I taped, I think, but they sucked by comparison to those three short songs).

FYI, I grew up to the southwest of you...

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Poster: SactownTom Date: Apr 5, 2007 8:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Killer Version of Loser by Dave Alvin

My guess is it was NOT your imagination--The Blasters are nothing if not passionate, balls-to-the-wall rock. Tremendous energy. Still around, banging away in the clubs. They've done a few reunion tours (02 & 04, I think) with Dave, but he and brother Phil are famously combative (much like the Davies brothers), and can only share the same stage occasionally. I googled The Boll Weevil Song, and I'm sure you can DL or stream any number of versions--just NOT The Blasters from farm Aid, I'm afraid. There are a couple of guys that are reachable from the Blasters website http://www.davealvin.com/blasters/index.html and they may be able to help you find a recording. Billy Davis runs the Blasters Newsletter, and Scot (?) is the webmaster try http://www.davealvin/comment/
Good luck!
SW of Sac--East Bay, right? I grew up in San Mateo, been in Sac since 90.